Livability Awards

A+ Spanaway Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- Spanaway Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Washington
1099% more expensive than the US average
11616% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Spanaway cost of living
F Spanaway Crime Total crime is 38% higher than Washington
Total crime
4,48374% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2374% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-14%Year over year crime is down
Spanaway crime
D+ Spanaway Employment Household income is 4% lower than Washington
Median household income
$60,60510% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$24,97916% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%3% higher than the US average
Spanaway employment
B+ Spanaway Housing Home value is 30% lower than Washington
Median home value
$187,2001% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,15622% higher than the US average
Home ownership
71%11% higher than the US average
Spanaway real estate or Spanaway rentals
D- Spanaway Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Washington
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
42%14% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
Spanaway K-12 schools

Living in Spanaway, WA

Spanaway, Washington is a medium-sized city with a population of 29,834 people. Spanaway has a population density of 3,403 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we look at the most recent Census, Spanaway is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Native Hawaiian. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Spanaway might be a good fit as 74% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 57% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a great experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Spanaway, Washington. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, weather, education, you can easily compare the best places to live in Spanaway and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Spanaway to Washington and the national average.

With a livability score of 67/100, Spanaway is ranked #15,093 in the United States and #274 in Washington. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Spanaway has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+) and housing (B+). Regrettably for Spanaway, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (D-) and education (D-).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Spanaway on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Spanaway has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Spanaway real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Spanaway. Median real estate prices in Spanaway come in at $187,200, which is 30.5% lower than the Washington average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Spanaway, the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 27.9% lower than the Washington average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Spanaway area were 9.6% and 5 year appreciation rates were 9.8%.

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Compare Spanaway, WA Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Spanaway, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
North End, Tacoma7612.524,051
West End, Tacoma6713.426,425
Eastside-Enact, Tacoma658.231,293
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
South Tacoma, Tacoma638.425,639
South End, Tacoma617.239,768
Central, Tacoma6110.622,107

Best Cities Near Spanaway, WA

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Maple Valley, WA822625,093
Medina, WA8237.63,169
Clyde Hill, WA82383,197
Mercer Island, WA8033.424,467
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Sammamish, WA8039.262,136
Bellevue, WA7936.9136,718
Canterwood, WA78213,409
Newcastle, WA7732.311,189

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Home Sweet Spanaway

I lived in Spanawag for a few years with my family while my step-father was serving in the army. Everyday we would go outside and ride our bikes through the neighborhood as new construction was taking place. Most neighbors were super nice, and always looked out for us while my parents were busy or at work.

They’d built a brand new Walmart Supercenter right Neighborhood, and there was a classic styled McDonalds we frequented. From what I can recall, it was a great place to live. Even the winters were that bad, and school was a joy. Perfect attendance a few times even.

All in all, Spanaway is pretty diverse, and it’s people really care about the community. In recent years there have been an increase in drugs and violence, but for the most part it’s pretty residential. There are tons of shopping centers and off the cuff shops. The city is spread out though, so having a car is a must. Something we always made sure of.
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